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Poster: Shooting Dark Star Date: May 1, 2010 4:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

Help Me, Help Me, Help Me! Give me your the nastiest, the gnarliest, the rockinest, the hands down over my head version of Viola that you can think of. I want to groove to the best versions I can sink my mind into, and I can't do it without some serious help!

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Poster: Skobud Date: May 1, 2010 8:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

Ever since I heard 1/23/68 Viola for the first time it has been my favorite...Its a goddam freight train that is over 20 minutes. Classic performance. It is the bonus disc for Road Trips 2 v.2, the 2/14/68 release.

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: May 1, 2010 10:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

I agree. That is the best Viola Lee I have ever heard....and even though I am not a huge fan of 60's dead, I can listen to that 1/23/68 all day long.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: May 2, 2010 12:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

http://deadessays.blogspot.com/2009/08/viola-lee-blues.html

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Poster: sosbobby Date: May 2, 2010 12:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

Some got six months - some got one solid
fuck the police.

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Poster: high flow Date: May 1, 2010 5:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

http://www.archive.org/details/gd66-01-xx.sbd.hanno-uli.18846.sbeok.shnf

Go to school on Viola Lee Blues. Pig did.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-04-21.sbd.motb-0129.107347.flac16

Listened to that one earlier in the week. Pretty nasty.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 3, 2012 4:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

there's hardly a 'bad' Viola out there, lately i've been keen on this relatively earlier version, back when the GD knew how to jam:

http://archive.org/details/gd66-12-01.sbd.ladner.8575.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 3, 2012 5:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

Speaking of which, Arb, be sure to check out the link to the Newport footage from 68! We'd seen some of the stills before, BUT that's the DEAD we're always talking about--live action movement ALL over the stage, contorting themselves to produce feedback, interaction with one another in a variety of ways...cool stuff.

Now, we'd love to see the stage on 12 or 13 October 1968, eh?

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 4, 2012 2:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

thanks Tell, i did watch that last nite actually, and it was great to see ... altho the HISTORIC FILMS watermark right there in every frame was mildly annoying ... the entire thing should be released for purely historical purposes, there should be no 'rights' or 'ownership' when it comes to this sort of stuff

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Poster: Shooting Dark Star Date: Sep 4, 2012 3:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

Wow, thanks for dusting off an old post.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbeep* Date: May 1, 2010 5:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

Here's a modern-day Phil version that's just relentless.....

http://www.archive.org/details/paf2008-05-13.sbd.94895.flac16

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: May 2, 2010 12:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

What about this one? VLB > Death don't have no mercy

http://www.archive.org/details/gd67-03-18.sbd.fink.10282.sbeok.shnf

The whole show is glorious. My favorite track is Same Thing.

This post was modified by midnightcarousel on 2010-05-02 19:29:35

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Poster: ringolevio Date: May 3, 2010 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

Nice He Was a Friend of Mine, too.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: May 1, 2010 5:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

3/21/70 might be the nastiest...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-03-21.early.lee.pcrp.20184.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: May 2, 2010 8:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

This is the best version (in my opinion) but I would actually have to concede that it's probably not the "nastiest" - that would have to probably come from a '68 show.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: May 2, 2010 5:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I've got the Viola Lee Blues

That wild note at the intro of 3/20/70 is pretty nasty!

2/2/68 is nasty too, but many of the '68 Violas swing...

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